Not everyone is able to just go buy a new $5,000 handbag at the drop of a dime. While every handbag lover would love to fill their closets with the most luxurious handbags, it is just an addiction that’s too expensive for most of us to persist.
I recently stumbled upon a handbag rental service, Of course I was taken back. Thinking who in their right might would rent a handbag. But the internet is full of these types of companies. Just like shopping online for other items, you can temporary own your very own luxury handbag without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What I ultimately realized is that renting a designer handbags, would give forward the opportunity to see, feel, touch, wear, and possible fall in love with a bag before without actually buying it. In addition to the senses, we can also accessory any of our outfits with a designer bag on every occasion. So you want to try that brand new Chanel bag, sure rent it before you buy. How about renting a designer dress for a minimal cost?
Below are the top 6 place to rent a bag:
1 Bag DuJour
Location: New York, NY USA
Rental Type: Monthly
Chanel Boy with Handle in Silver $550/month
Bag Du Jour offers an eclectic variety of designer handbags including names like Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Valentino and Saint Laurent. You can rent designer bags on a monthly basis, with no membership required. Bags can be rented as long as a customer wants, for a corresponding monthly fee, which will vary depending on the specific bag style chosen. Rental fees range from $90 – $500 and more. Unlike other bag rental sites, Bag Du Jour does not offer the option to purchase a rented bag. There are, however, used and brand new bags (separated in a different category) that are available for purchase. Items on the ‘for sale’ category are not as expansive as their ‘for rent’ inventory.
2 Rent The Runway
Location: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Topanga, San Francisco
Rentals Type: 4- 8 days, monthly and “unlimited” subscription
Launched in 2009, this website allows you to rent designer dresses for roughly 15% of its retail price. Expanding to world of rental handbags and accessories in 2010, RTR continues to add even more items to their inventory.
Currently, they have five physical stores located in the US. Customers can book an appointment to browse the wide inventory of their dream closet. Pick up, drop off and exchange of the merchandise can also be done in their stores.
The site has a wide range of styles and also offers sizes from 0 – 22. They also have a rich variety of designer handbags and accessories in their catalog. RTR offers three different rental plans or options to their customers:
The RTR Reserve Plan
This plan around $30 per rental, their basic plan allows customers to borrow an item or items for 4 – 8 days.
The RTR Update Plan
This plan costs $89 per month, is more of a monthly subscription, where members are entitled to rent 4 pieces each month, which can be exchanged any time. T
The RTR Unlimited Plan
Their most premium plan costs $159/month and members can have unlimited rentals, 4 pieces at a time, which can be exchangeable at any time. Members can keep sending back used items and exchange it for a different style. As long as you have 4 pieces in rotation, you pretty much have unlimited access to their inventory of over 450 designer and top brands. An exclusive discount is also given to members who want to purchase.
3 Bag Borrow or Steal
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Rentals Type: monthly and subscription
Chanel Calfskin Herringbone Medium Boy Bag Rental $475/month
Founded in 2004 and was one of the first “Netflix for handbags” in the niche. It’s gone through a name change in 2008 and reverted back to the cheeky name that customers refuse to let go. Made famous by Sex and the City (movie) where Jennifer Hudson, as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant, is able to carry designer high-end bags on rental, the brand was introduced to the vast Sex and the City audience.
Currently, Bag Borrow or Steal allows you to: rent luxury brand bags for an unlimited time, buy pristine, vintage, pre-loved bags and sell your pre-loved handbags, accessories and clothing. Rental prices start at just $50/month for mid-designer labels like Tory Burch and MICHAEL Michael Kors, and go up to around $500 – $600/month for high-end purses from Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
BBOS offers detailed photos of the exact bag, blemishes and all for your reference. Some of the brands in their inventory include Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Hermès. Aside from the option of renting designer handbags, the site also buys used designer bags, accessories and shoes from their customers.
Location: Denver, CO USA
Rentals Type: monthly
Chanel Lambskin Black 2.55 Single Flap Bag $525/month
Currently, the site offers a monthly subscription plan, where you can rent your preferred handbag (also called ‘gems’). There is a limit of up to two handbags that can be rented at a given time but this option is only given to long-time customers who have developed a good borrowing history with the website.
Prices for the purses range from $60 up to $350 for the more high-end brands. Chanel purses, which are some of the most popular gems in the site, are priced at around $500 per month. Shipping is covered by ArmGem unless the rental is less than $100/mo. While its inventory is small, the site carries a good variety of the major high end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci as well as new brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Tom Ford.
Rental Type: exclusive monthly subscription
Chanel Large Classic Flap Patent Bordeaux $99/month with paid membership (+initial join fee)
At Bagtropolis, customers can buy, layaway and rent pre-owned designer handbags. To borrow from their catalog, one must sign up to their Exclusive Rental Club, where members can enjoy renting one designer bag for each month. Their inventory includes popular designer names including Chanel, Balenciaga, Celine, Chloe, Christian Dior, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Tods and more.
Aside from the option to rent pre-owned designer bags, they can also be purchased through layaway plans or at a discounted price. Currently, they do not have the option to rent just one item. You have to sign up to become a member to have access to their bag inventory. The monthly membership fee is $99 per month, plus a one-time sign-up fee of $199 for new members.
6 Bag Romance
Location: Texas, USA
Rental Type: 7 days or 30 days
Gucci Marmont Matelassé Mini $120 for 7 days
Bag Romance, formerly known as Supursestyle, is another popular website for designer handbag rental. The company was founded in 2015 but recently received a major update and brand makeover, hence the name change.
Bag lovers can rent a handbag for either 7 days or 30 days, for a fraction of their original retail price. Rental fees start at just $45 for the 7-day period and around $75 for the 30-day period. More high-end purses from labels like Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent are priced at $100 – $200 weekly. Aside from the typical totes and purses, Bag Romance offers evening clutches from the likes of Jimmy Choo and Edie Parker, which are perfect for formal events. Up to two handbags at a time can be borrowed but only if you have developed a good standing or reputable history with them. A secondary security deposit will also be required for the second handbag.